Tuesday 12 December
Specialist Sarah Cotter tells us about the auction, her favourite picks and gives tips to bidders.
Tell us about this sale
McTear's is one of only a few auctions houses in The UK to hold dedicated Military Watches Auctions. The last dedicated sale took place in October of this year and featured 177 lots that sold for a total of £180,000 including fees to bidders as far as the USA. December's sale features collector's pieces including those by Jaeger le Coultre as well as several more affordable examples that are great starting points for new collectors.
Pick a favourite lot in this sale
It’s a difficult decision and is between lot 803 the rare Grana military watch estimated at £1500-2500 and lot 804, a desirable International Watch Co. example with an estimate of £1000-2000. Both brands have proven to be very popular at auction over the last year.
Can I view the auction in person?
All live auctions at McTear's have scheduled viewing days, usually with a minimum of two days prior to each specialist auction. Viewing details are available in the online catalogue.
How do I request a condition report and how long will it take to send to me?
For a number of our specialist sales, condition reports are provided on our website. Additional information can also be requested by clicking the 'report request' button in each lot description.
How do I pay for an item I’ve bought?
You will receive an invoice, sent by email, immediately following the completion of the auction. You can then pay by secure online payment, by bank transfer, or in person using a credit or debit card.
If I buy an item and want to pick up in person when are you open?
We are open for collection Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and Saturday 9.30am - 12 noon.
What delivery options are there?
Whilst we don’t offer an in-house service for collection and shipping, we do recommend a number of trusted local service providers. Shipping information >>
When should I expect the lot I’m interested in to come up?
The sale starts at 11.30am, and we typically get through 100 lots an hour. If you are bidding live online, you can set an alarm to alert you when the live bidding begins for a lot you’re interested in. You can set an alarm for any lot from within the bidding screen once the auction begins.
What if I can’t make it to the live auction?
You can easily place a maximum bid in advance of the auction via the online catalogue on this website. You can also bid live online in realtime.
New to auctions?
Why not use our easy step by step guide to buying and selling at McTear’s here.